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July 28th

How We Got The Funk
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 6p.m.
UBW founder Jawole Zollar leads a social & historical dance class (donation)

 

Zephyrs vs. Omaha
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Louise Michel
Cafe Istanbul, 7p.m.
Fired workers plot revenge in this 2008 French film

 

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope
Midcity Theatre, 7:30
Episode IV retold in iambic pentameter

 

Daughters of Dolma
Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.
Doc about daily lives of Tibetan Buddhist nuns

 

The Guru
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
With Fpoon and The Roses ($5)
 

MARDI

July 29th

Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway Street, 9a.m.-1p.m.

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market

 

Zephyrs vs. Iowa
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers
Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.
See Kermit at home in the 7th Ward and get to bed early

 

Comedy Beast
Howlin Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.
Free standup comedy show

 

Lions, Big Awesome, All People, Tare
Hey Cafe, 9p.m.
Community Record’s DIY Summer Bummer Fest, part 3 ($5)

 

Open Ears Music Series
Blue Nile, 10p.m.
Ft. Trapper Keeper

Film Review: Citizen Koch


Let's begin with a simple assertion: Citizen Koch is propaganda. Now the word "propaganda" has developed a pejorative aura.  Decades ago, the word often tag-teamed with the adjective "Soviet."  The incompetent authoritarian regime running the U.S.S.R. created media outlets whose content diverged so far from reality to become national jokes. Wheat yields would be declared record-breaking when collective agriculture failed so miserably malnourishment became epidemic.


NoDef Film Review: Case Against 8


There comes a point after you've seen another terrific documentary when you must wonder the point of reviewing other types of movies. I certainly could go see 22 Jump Street and probably write a bad review. Jonah Hill, after all, appears. He's the fourth guy falling down John Belushi Abyss (Farley, Candy) in my lifetime. And you would go see it anyway. The whole exercise is repetitive, expensive, pointless and frustrating - like American foreign policy. With The Case Against 8, however, we have things to discuss. 


Today in New Orleans 2.09.14


Today, Champion Square is full of king cakes, live music, and family friendly activities for kids. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is playing at Anthony Bean Community Theater, and Shotgun Cinema is screening Let the Fire Burn, a documentary about the only instance of an American Mayor bombing his own city. On this date in 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the confederate states. Now, more to do this Sunday. 


American Courtesans

Filmmaker & Sex Worker Talks Documentary Filmed Partially in NOLA



American Courtesans tackles the sex industry from the workers' perspective, offering a diverse range of experiences. The documentary was filmed in New Orleans, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and a number of undisclosed locations.


'Shell Shocked' Doc Tackles NOLA Murder From Kids' Perspective


While many locals are enjoying New Orleans' growing economy and post-K resilience, entire communities still live in fear of violent crime. Last year alone, 193 people were murdered in the GNO, a number that seems incongruent with all of the rhetoric surrounding the city's recovery after The Storm. Shell Shocked: A Documentary about Growing Up in the Murder Capital of America, explores the city's notorious murder rate from the perspective of the children that live with it.


'Right Time, Wrong Place'

Documentary Project Unearths the Origins of New Orleans Punk Rock



Though it was never the headliner of the New Orleans music community, punk rock has been a player since the beginning of the music form in the late 1970s. Ryan Sparks catches up with a local documentary maker who's attempting to assemble the pieces of the local scene's raucous - and uniquely New Orleans - provenance.


Treme Life Premiers Tonight


Tonight, Treme Life, a film about New Orleans, premiers. Yes, NoDef knows that there is no shortage of NOLA movies these days, but we think this one is different. Director James Demaria is local, and talented. The Executive Producer is a man named Kermit Ruffins, and we hear he knows a little about the City of Dreams. Plus, the film will debut online at 5 PM tonight, and stay online for 24 hours.


If God is Willing

Lee's Latest Finishes Strong



After discussing Part 1 of Spike Lee’s documentary If God Willing and The Creek Don’t Rise with Tuesday morning there seemed to be a common theme.


Lee-n On Me

Thoughts on a Katrina Documentary



5 years after the Storm, Spike Lee brought the voice of New Orleans back into the national conversation. When the Levees Broke, the Emmy winning documentary.


The Park in PrimeTime


The title of CNN's latest Soledad O'Brien documentary "New Orleans Rising" sounded cliche at the best, and exploitive at the worst. however, the film focused on efforts to rebuild Ponchartrain park was surprsiingly touching. On the negative side, little mention was made of the simmring frustration and lack of national support. However, the successes were good to see, and Wendell Pierce is an amazing neighbor! Of note (and question) is the positive portrayal of Commandante Nagin, and BP Claims (and Propaganda Chief) Daryl Willis. Also making a cameo is former mayoral candidate, Troy Henry.


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